Address: Reimers Avenue, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 9 815 5551
Pitch Type: MOTZ Turf
Year Ground Opened: 1900
Undersoil Heating: Yes
The stunning Eden Park is situated right in the middle of suburban housing in the largest city which is located on the North Island of New Zealand. The Stadium itself is a multi-purpose stadium which hosts cricket and rugby mainly.
The impressive marina in Auckland is located just a short drive from Eden Park stadium. Each of the four stands are unique to one another which gives it an incredibly look with two of the stands, the two smallest, being behind both of the goals is roofless whilst the South stand which is by far the biggest stand has an incredible roof which seemingly towers over the stadium.
The land in which Eden Park is built upon has a very rich history. The land was built on a former swampland which was fed by lava caverns created by Mount Eden and Mount Albert over 30,000 years ago. A local group , the Tamaki Maori, used the swamp to collect things such as materials and food.
In 1845, a farmer who originally came from Cornwall, England, purchased the land with the idea of building a stadium to host the farmers favourite sport which was cricket. The ground opened in 1900 and just three years later cricket was being placed there, with the help of local cricket enthusiast, Harry Ryan.
In the stadiums early days a lot of work needed doing which included clearing the stone walls and ongoing drainage issues. The drainage issues came to fruition in 1907 when in a matter of months, the stadium was flooded twice due to two separate rain storms. When the year 1910 came along, the Eden District Cricket Club approached Auckland Cricket Association to take over the running of Eden Park due to the costs of maintaining the stadium. Two years later the ground was officially named Eden Park and was then transferred over from John Walters, the Cornish farmer, to the trustees of the cricket association.
Football was not played at Eden Park until 1947 when the New Zealand National Team hosted South Africa and then they had to wait another 10 years for another game at the magnificent stadium when they played against Austrian side, FK Austria Wien.
Club football was first played here in 2011 when Wellington Phoenix played Adelaide United with the game finishing as a 1-1 draw.
You are not short of options for places to eat and nearby around Eden Park.
To The South
Fish and Chip Shop – Sandringham
Silver Lake Deep Fried Bread
Cara Belle – Cake Shop
Thai Food Takeaway
To The North
Jaan Mediterranean Cafe
The Kingslander – Cafe
The Bakers Cottage
To The East
Sake Bar Icco
Tipene’s Fish and Chips
To The West
Spicy Potato Noodles
The Clare Inn Irish Pub
The Gateau House
Parking at the stadium is for permit holders only.
Those without a permit must find a car park close by to park their vehicles.
430 New North Road – 9 minute walk with 13 spaces
Nixon Park – 16 minute walk with 35 spaces
Eden Quarter – 18 minute walk with 230 spaces (customers only)
Those three options are the closest with the other options being more than a 30 minute walk. all information found on parkopedia website.
The closest train station is Kingsland Station which is just North of the stadium, a short two minute walk down Sandringham Road and then you take a left on to Reimers Avenue.
The next closest is Morningside Station which is a nine minute walk away and the directions for that are Morningside Drive then take a left on to Altham Avenue before a right on to Sandringham Road before an immediate left on to Reimers Avenue.
Ticket information for upcoming events at Eden Park can be found on their website – https://edenpark.co.nz/
Stadium Tours are a yes for this venue with there being two types of tour. Just the standard stadium tour of you can do the Sky Sport Rooftop Tour.
Prices for a tour are as follows:
Adult – $40
Concessions (Student and Senior) – $25
Children – $20
Family (two adults and four children) – $99
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